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Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘dartazzzz’ - Lithuania Lithuania may not one of online poker’s powerhouse countries, but its #1-ranked player ‘dartazzzz’ certainly has proven himself to be elite. He is the #23 ranked player in the world and has accumulated over $3.7 million in lifetime earnings. This fall was a big one for ’dartazzzz’ as he set a new career-high cash during PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. The Lithuanian bested the 1577 player field in Event-61-H ($1,050 NLHE Eight Max Progressive KO) for $120,281 and 887.98 PLB points. He accumulated 10 qualifying PLB cashes since the beginning of September and appeared at the final table in seven out of the ten. He also has 25 scores of four-figures or better in that same period of time. Jonas ‘Palsgaard1’ Palsgard Christensen - Denmark Currently occupying the top spot in the country of Denmark is Jonas ‘Palsgaard1’ Palsgard Christensen, the number-35 ranked player in the world. Christensen is a true grinder. In September he was seemingly playing every tournament he could and posting multiple results just about every day. In total, for the month, he registered 16 PLB qualifying cashes including a third place finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST-96-HR for $47,218.95. Christensen cashed in over 150 tournaments in September for a total earnings of just over $196,000. He currently has roughly $1.9 million in online tournament earnings and is just off his career-high ranking of #27 which he achieved this year. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - Uruguay Uruguay’s #1 player, Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, is also regarded as one of online poker’s best players. The former #1-ranked player in the world, not only crushes online but has been showing up more often in live high roller events. He recently was seen at the final table of the partypoker MILLIONS UK 25,500 High Roller where he finished as the runner up to Steve O’ Dwyer for a career-high live cash of $377,521. Gonzalez' online prowess is well known. He has earned over $7.5 million in online tournament earnings, won a PLB leaderboard award and is a three-time #1 ranked player. Gonzalez may sliding on the online rankings due to his pursuit of playing in live events, but that hasn’t stopped him from from logging on and posting resulted whenever possible. While no longer of PLB consideration, Gonzalez career-high cash was a monster. Just two years ago he finished as the runner up in the massive WCOOP-70: $21,000 PLO Six Max High Roller for $355,730. ‘GreenNaugahyde’ - Poland The #1-ranked player in Poland is a relatively new PocketFiver having joined up in July of 2018. Primarily a partypoker player, ‘GreenNaugahyde’ spent much of the month of September grinding POWERFEST and posting some impressive results. He made it to the podium in two major POWERFEST events including Event-77-H Mix Max where he took third place for $20,141. He followed that result up the very next day with another bronze finish in Event-89-H for another $8,169. In September ‘GreenNaughahyde’ earned over $111,000 over the course of 84 cashes. Of his 84 cashes, twenty went for four-figures or higher. With over $813,000 in total lifetime earnings, he’s looking to earn his $1 million badge right around the end of 2018. ‘jounas14’ - Spain When a player is playing on a network that does not get to co-exist with the rest of the world, it can be hard to scale the rankings. Spain’s current #1-ranked player ‘jounas14’ has been grinding for years on PokerStars.es, but that hasn’t stopped him from registering on the rankings. Currently ranked #300 in the world (having reached as high as #200), ‘jounas14’ is a low-mid stakes grinder who puts in a healthy amount in of volume. He recently took down the September 20 edition of PokerStars.es The Hot €100 Turbo for $2,436 and 108.05 PLB points. He followed that up with four more four figure-score to date. His successful September has him earning a total of over $21,000.
In a storybook ending to the historic PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas defeated WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion, earning $5.1 million. "A lot of players were saying that this was the most important tournament in history," Colillas said in the afterglow of the victory. "So now, it's only about happiness and enjoying the moment." But before the Spaniard was able to celebrate, Colillas, as a Platinum Pass winner, needed to navigate a difficult final table full of seasoned pros. The final table of the largest $25,000 tournament of all time took only five-and-a-half hours to play to a winner. However, it took roughly an hour and a half before the first player hit the rail. Talal Shakerchi and France's Julien Martini were the first to clash in a battle of big hands. The action started as Marc Rivera opened, only to be three-bet by Martini who was holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. Farid Jattin, holding a pocket pair in the small blind, found a fold, however Shakerchi woke up with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind. Shakerchi moved all in and was called by Martini. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"], giving little life to Martini. However, the [poker card="ts"] on the turn opened a number of backdoor outs for the Frenchman. The river provided Martini the flush as the [poker card="5s"] completed the board. Shakerchi’s run ended in eighth place for $509,000. Marc Perrault was sitting on roughly two big blinds, which made the next elimination so surprising. In the hijack seat, Martini opened holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Jattin looked down at the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and went deep into the tank. Finally, he decided to shove over Martini, allowing Perrault to get out of the way in the small blind. Start-of-day chip leader Scott Baumstein folded the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Martini snap-called. Jattin, all in and at risk, was dominated, but the flop provided some life. It came [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"], giving Jattin a wealth of additional outs. The [poker card="qd"] arrived on the turn and the [poker card="tc"] on the river closed the door on Jattin’s tournament. Jattin earned a career-high cash of $746,000 for his seventh-place run, propelling him to more than $3.5 million in total live earnings. After the hand, Martini pulled away from the field to hold nearly three times as many chips as anyone left. With six players left and running on fumes, it was finally time for Perrault to make his stand. After laddering two spots, he found himself all in and at risk holding the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] against Colillas' [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"]. The board [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] ran out clean for Colillas. Perrault, who started the day as the shortest stack, ended his day as a millionaire. The Canadian turned his $25,000 entry into $1,012,000 for his sixth-place finish. Jason Koonce had been picking his spots, but after being forced to fold in a hand right before the first break of the day he found himself on a short stack. On one of the first hands after the break, he made his move by shipping his stack on the button holding the [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"]. Colillas called him from the big blind holding [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Koonce needed to catch, but when the board ran out [poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6d"], it provided him with no help. The Colorado sports memorabilia aficionado’s dream run ended in fifth place with a $1,304,000 "consolation prize." His previous career live earnings were just over $6,000. Shortly thereafter, Martini continued to gain momentum after a clash with Baumstein. Martini opened under the gun with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and when it folded back to Baumstein, he shipped his short stack in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. Martini made the call and Baumstein was at risk. The flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] favored Martini and left Baumstein looking for an ace or backdoor hearts. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river fell the [poker card="ts"]. Baumstein, the longtime New York pro, was rewarded with a career-best $1,657,000 score for his fourth-place finish. With three players left, Martini held a comfortable chip lead over both Colillas and Rivera, the remaining Platinum Pass winners. The three played roughly six orbits before Rivera made his final stand. Martini, with his large chip lead, opened the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Rivera pushed in his 16-big blind stack with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Martini snap-called and Rivera needed some serious help. The flop had none for him as it came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ts"] on the turn left Rivera searching or a three. The river was the last of Rivera’s tournament, it came the [poker card="td"], and sent the Platinum Pass winner to the rail in third place with a massive $2,168,000 score. Headed into heads-up play Martini held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over Colillas. After Colillas began to close in Martini the pair played what would be the pivotal hand of the heads-up match. Martini opened holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] and Colillas called with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5s"]. The flop was perfect for Martini, [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="qh"] for the flopped flush. Colillas with flopped middle pair called Martini’s bet. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] improving Colillas to trips. Martini placed a large bet, Colillas called. The river turned out to be one of the most pivotal cards of the tournament - the [poker card="5d"] giving Colillas a backdoor full house to Martini’s flopped flush. Colillas checked, Martini shoved, Colillas snapped and secured a massive double up reducing Martini’s stack to roughly 20 big blinds. In the end, after his stack had trended downwards, Martini made a stand on the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"] and Colillas made the call with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] giving both a pair but putting Colillas in position to secure a historic victory. The turn was the [poker card="2c"]. Colillas and Martini then saw the championship card of the [poker card="5d"] fall. Colillas was the champion and Martini's PSPC dream run ended in second place for $2,974,000. Ramon Colillas made his way to his rail and was quickly engulfed by supporters. The Platinum Pass winner, with $10,000 in recorded live cashes according to his Hendon Mob page, became the inaugural PSPC champion, earning the life-changing sum of $5.1 million for the victory. PSPC Final Table Payouts Ramon Colillas - $5,100,000 Julien Martini - $2,974,000 Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 Marc Perrault - $1,012,000 Farid Jattin - $746,000 Talal Shakerchi - $509,000
The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000